Expansion team San Juan and last season’s semifinalist Valenzuela outplayed their respective rivals in a pair of tune up matches Wednesday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
Led by PBA veterans Mac Cardona and John Wilson, the Knights blasted the Marikina Shoemasters, 92-65.
Movie star Gerald Anderson played for the Shoemasters.
The Valenzuela Classic, on the other hand, bucked a slow start before turning back the Pasig Pirates, 96-88, in the other tune up match scheduled Wednesday.
The Chris Gavina-mentored Classic rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first period through the hot-shooting Paolo Hubalde.